With 7 Hallowe’en programs in the works, I’m jamming to rehearse and prepare for a wonderful week of hauntingly fun storytelling gigs. I’ll be traveling close to home, but managing to reach out to 3 different counties with programs: Amador, San Joaquin and right here in Tuolumne County where I live. With audiences ranging in age from tiny ones to adults, I’m trying to make sure to have a good cross-section of spooky to not-so spooky. So far I’m planning to share “Chunk O’Meat” from Grandfather Tales by Richard Chase, the story of the Jack O’Lantern: Jack & The Devil, “How Bruh Sparrow and Sistah Wren Lost Out” from When Birds Could Talk & Bats Could Sing by Virginia Hamilton (permission given by her hub). Plus, I’ve got the ukulele and the concertina out dusting up some old favorite songs, like “Have You Seen the Ghost of John?”
I just got home from a 4-day jaunt up to Bainbridge Island, WA, where I hung out with family. But storytelling wasn’t too far away! I had a chance to share stories at my great nephew’s 2nd birthday party–a little mini-House Concert. I felt like I was at our weekly Baby Storytime. A sweet gathering to celebrate a wonderful little guy. And then in the spirit of the Season, I helped pull together two Hallowe’en costumes for my niece’s two little kids. One will be an elegant princess and the other, that birthday boy, will be one handsome FROG.
So, Happy Hallowe’en to all of you from this California storyteller! And may the spookiest thing that happens be your chance to hear some well told GHOST STORIES! And by the by, let me recommend a new favorite Hallowe’en book that I recently discovered: Bone Soup by Cambria Evans, Houghton-Mifflin, copyright 2008. A delightful twist on the classic folk tale “Stone Soup.”
And if you’re looking for some Hallowe’en fun of your own making, hop over to this page here on The Hive!